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Composite Door styles, which style are you?

Our new range of composite doors now offer an even wider range of styles without skimping on quality. We are proud to fit “endurance” doors which are made with a solid laminated timber veneer lumber core, making them up to 10% thicker than most composite doors on the market.

Our new range of doors now offers a choice for every type of property from victorian terraces in Cardiff to country cottages in Cowbridge. These new styles enable our customers to choose composite doors that fit in with the style of their home instead of being limited to single glazed timber doors that don’t offer as much security. Although upvc doors are still very popular, our grp doors are bridging the gap between timber and pvc offering style, energy efficiency and security.

Each door is available in a choice of 14 colours, many of which are available with a matching frame and weather bar. Our new heritage range is proving to be extremely popular with traditional edwardian and georgian homes, the high security locks emulates the trditional cylinder pull on original doors.

Our glass range can dramatically alter the look of your new door- whether you choose a simplistic obscure glass, ornate bevel design or a modern etched look, there really is something to suit everyones taste.

Visit our brochure page today to take a look at our fantastic new range of doors or browse our recent work here for examples of our high quality doors fitted in customers homes.

For a no obligation appointment call 02920 734573 today.

Vertical sliding sash windows in Newport, Gwent

Replacing traditional sash windows in large Victorian properties can be an expensive project and dramatically change the look of your home. There are important factors to consider when deciding on the perfect window for your home; will the windows suit the style of the property, are the security features the best on the market and does the price offer value for money?

Vertical sliding sash windows now offer the style of traditional wooden styles with the security and energy efficiency of modern upvc double glazing. UPVC sash windows have the added bonus of being available in a choice of colours that will never need painting! One of the most popular additions to sash windows is the addition of decorative glass or georgian bars, these features blend perfectly with the elegant style of our products.

We have recently fitted replacement vertical sliders to a property in Newport which required it’s old wooden sash windows to be replaced. We replaced all 28 windows and the front door, during the installation we had countless comments on what an improvement the windows have made to the house. The customers are thrilled with the results and are happy that they chose Inspire Windows Ltd out of all the double glazing companies they spoke with in Newport and Cardiff. If you would like more information on our products, please give us a call on 02920 734573 or email us at enquiries@inspirewindows.co.uk.

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Conservatory Installation in Newport

As regular visitors to the Inspire Windows blog will already know, we install conservatories in Cardiff quite frequently. Here’s one we fitted in Whitchurch; here’s another in St. Mellons (note the magnificent mahogany finish). On both occasions, the customers were over the moon with both our work and, yes, our prices!

But what of the wider South Wales area? Well, you be pleased to hear that our conservatories aren’t exclusively for the capital, and if you live in Newport (or anywhere else in South Wales, for that matter) we’d be more than happy to quote you for a classy conservatory of your very own. A UPVC conservatory makes an exquisite addition to any home, and these gorgoeus glass rooms are a great middle ground between home garden, mixing the warmth and comfort of one with the beauty and natural light of the other.

Our conservatories are the best home extensions you could ask for, and we’d be thrilled to hear from anyone who’s interested in adding a UPVC conservatory to their property. If you live in Newport and you want the Inspire Windows team to handle your conservatory, get in touch today – our email address isenquiries@inspirewindows.co.uk, or you can call us on 02920 734573.

French Casement window prices Cardiff

Installing Windows throughout South Wales

We’re more than just a Cardiff windows company. As much as we love the Welsh capital, it’s always nice to go a little further afield, and the Inspire team can be found installing windows all over South Wales!

Our double glazing experts have completed a variety of projects throughout South Wales, so whether you live in Cwmbran, Caerphilly, or the Vale of Glamorgan, Inspire could be installing windows in your home very soon! We’ve been providing top quality double glazing products for over 15 years, and that decade and a half period has seen us cover a lot of ground in a lot of different locations. We employ a friendly, affable team of highly-trained workers, and each of them has a lot of experience when it comes to installing windows. They’d be more than happy to tackle your latest project!

So if you need window installation in Barry, or you’re looking for double glazing in Newport, remember that Inspire Windows are always prepared to come to you. Give us a call today on 02920 734573 to enquire about installing windows in your home – you’ll be glad you did!

A recent review of French doors fitted in Cwmbran

A review from Tina Grant who had French doors fitted by us last week;

 

“I was very pleased with the service and workmanship that I received from Inspire windows, good value for money and they did a fantastic job. I would have no hesitation in recommending them to others”.

Turning an unused conservatory into the heart of the home

Adding a conservatory is one of the top 10 home improvements carried out within the UK, adding space to the property and increasing its value. With 11 out of 13 regions currently experiencing falling house prices, increasing the value of our homes is becoming ever more important.

When choosing a new conservatory, many people opt for the supplier with the cheapest price or with the glossiest brochure. The most important factors to consider are the design of the conservatory, how it will be used as part of your home, the quality of the fitting and it’s year round suitability.

Badly fitted conservatories are prone to leaks and drafts, always choose a supplier who seems knowledgeable in how the conservatory will blend with your own home and is able to identify any potential problems. Ask to visit a conservatory that the company fitted recently and one that was fitted a couple of years before, this way you can be sure that your new conservatory will stand the test of time and be fitted by a company with consistent standards.

There are currently four million homes in the UK with conservatories, many of which are unused due to various problems. One of the main issues is conservatories fitted with polycarbonate roofs instead of glass. Glass roofs, although more expensive, are 3.5 times more effective in keeping the room cool in the summer and 58% more thermally efficient at keeping the space warm in the winter. Conservatories fitted with planitherm glass and warm edged spacers will make your new room as energy efficient as possible.

Other problems include drafts due to poorly fitted windows and doors, leaks caused by insufficient lead flashings and condensation from a lack of opening windows in the conservatory.

Replacing your current conservatory is obviously a large expense that many people wish to avoid. There are many companies who specialise in repairs, upgrades and replacing polycarbonate roofs for more energy efficient glass roofs, such as Inspire Windows Ltd, based in Cardiff. For less than half of the cost of your original conservatory, the space could be turned into a functional and welcoming room to be used all year round.

The cost of making a new house into a new home

Moving house is a major upheavel in our lives, as well as a major cost; solicitors fees, estate agents fees and moving costs can soon escalate into a large unwanted bill. Once we are settled into our new homes, the spending continues; purchasing new furniture, decorating and home improvements.

A recent survey by Planitherm discovered “There are many aspects that go into creating a new home and we all have a seemingly never-ending to do list for things we hope to improve”. The research found that it takes on average 17 months and 12 days and £5044 to turn our new house into a home. Of course we all feel more settled in our homes once we have enjoyed momentous occasions in them such as birthdays, anniversaries and having children.

The top 10 things which make a house feel a home;

1. Making it warm
2. Enjoying a first Christmas
3. Filling all rooms with furniture
4. Cleaned top to bottom
5. Experiencing all four seasons in the house
6. Planting your own things in the garden
7. Fitting your own toilet seat
8. Stripping the walls
9. Having a birthday
10. Being on first name terms with the neighbours

Making renovations to the home are also a large part of settling in. This includes making decorative improvements, upgrades to double glazing and extending the home to add an extra room such as a conservatory.

The top 10 to do list around the home is

 

1. Paint each room
2. Lay new carpets in each room
3. Do up the bathroom
4. Rip out the kitchen
5. Fit new double glazing
6. Add new front door (or paint existing one)
7. Re-landscape the garden
8. Lay a new driveway
9. Add a conservatory
10. Extend/add another room

Making a plan of which renovations need to be done first can save you money if you plan carefully. For example if you need to replace your windows and add a conservatory, many companies will charge you less for having all of the work done at one time. It also makes sense to have any structural work carried out before you decorate or lay new carpets. There is no point in painting the walls only to have them replastered in a few months time when new French doors are fitted.

Inspire Windows is a Cardiff windows company with over 15 years’ experience in the supply and installation of high quality double glazing windows, doors and conservatories. We are an authorised partner of REHAU Windows, Europe’s leading manufacturer of some of the most secure and energy-efficient double glazing windows available. Coupled with Planitherm “A” rated glass as standard, REHAU windows are by far and away the best choice for upvc double glazing. Please take a look at our website for more information www.inspirewindows.co.uk

Signing up to the green deal, how it may reduce your home’s value

The government’s green deal is a new scheme that encourages consumers to make our homes more energy efficient. Home and business owners will be able to borrow money, at a low rate, which will then be paid back through utility bills. Money will be available for a range of home improvements including insulation, double glazing, heating or renewable energy.

The green deal loans do not operate as a usual loan would, with the borrower being liable for the debt. Instead the debt will be tied to the property, meaning that when the property is sold, the new purchaser will be liable for the debt.

It has been well documented that the property market has been either stagnant or declining over the past few years. The green deal loan could become a deal breaker for many potential purchasers or a bargaining tool to drive the purchase price down.  At a time when many people have concerns over the value of their home; this could be considered a major stumbling block to the success of the scheme.

The foundation of the green deal is that it will save money in the long run; through any improvements made leading to energy savings. All though we are all conscious of saving money, purchasing a house where the green deal is in place is effectively forcing the new homeowner to participate. Many of us would not purchase a car if we had to repay the finance on it from the previous owner so why would we do it with a new home?

Another condition of the scheme is that any new tenants to properties may need to be assessed by the original green deal assessor. If the new tenants or owners are considered to be higher energy users, the monthly repayments may increase.

The simplest option would be to repay the loan upon selling your home. Although we are yet unaware of what the early repayment charges will be, it is thought that it could be the total cost of the interest. Sellers will be paying for a benefit that they will not receive.

Currently many homeowners choose to add the cost of home improvements, such as replacement windows and doors, to their mortgage. The typical interest rate of many mortgages is around 4.5% compared to the green deal rate of 7%. With the restrictions of the green deal, many people will continue to add the extra money to their mortgage, viewing it as money that will get back eventually anyway.

At present it seems the green deal has been met with a lukewarm response. If the scheme does become successful it could prove to be a major boost to the economy and a welcome reduction in our energy bills.

For affordable double glazing in Cardiff please visit our website www.inspirewindows.co.uk